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Annexation battle begins

September 26, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The Common Council on Tuesday voted to annex land that would help the owner develop the land and support efforts to build an access road off Route 30A.

However, the town of Johnstown already voted against the annexation last week.

The issue now may go to litigation between the town of Johnstown and property owner Stephen Mauro.

Mauro wants to develop 16.6 acres on the parcel, which is near the Gloversville and town of Johnstown border, but he needs sewer and water service from Gloversville.

Mauro, Recreation Realty and Stan Kucel are working on developing land Mauro bought about four years ago.

Mauro said today he will appeal the town's denial to state Supreme Court.

"It seems you can't get the town to work with you on things like this," said Mauro. "It just amazes me that the town would shun development like this when it benefits both the city and the town."

"Unfortunately, this is going to cost Stan Kucel and Stephen Mauro more money," said Mayor Dayton King. "It's going to cost private investors more money and ultimately slow down the process."

The mayor said the city offered the town a plan to annex the land into the city and share property taxes.

Both municipalities would get more revenue from the plan, said King.

"For the property tax, I believe we would want to share $20 [per $1,000 of assessed value] rather than share $1," said King. "If I had to share a pie with someone, I would certainly want to share a big pie. It is unfortunate that some people don't see it as a whole picture; they look at it in a vacuum. We have to move forward."

Mauro's property is along a proposed Route 30A access road.

The road would run parallel to Route 30A and connect with Steele Avenue at one end and South Kingsboro Avenue at the other end. Mauro's land is close to the Steele Avenue portion of the access road.

The access road could still be built without annexing the land, but property along the road couldn't be developed if the owner can't get water and sewer services, said King.

 
 

 

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